Broome Development Officials Look for Partners for BAE Project
Broome County’s development group is looking for proposals to develop the site that had been home to several factory operations in Westover throughout the years, most recently BAE Systems that was forced to move due to the catastrophic flood of 2011.
Officials from The Agency heard several suggestions March 7 ranging from a hotel and housing to a multi-use event and sports complex.
The plot had been owned by the U.S. Air Force for decades and was a major defense and transportation manufacturing contractor under the operating companies that have included General Electric, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.
The site was razed after the 2011 flood destroyed the historic factory building and had been the scene of a lengthy cleanup of hazardous materials.
Officials reported that, while the site is clear for development, lingering soil contamination issues with what had been the parking lots at the site remain and the property could not be used for single-family homes.
“The Agency Broome County IDA/LDC” received grant money from the Office of Economic Adjustments to complete a redevelopment study and create a master plan for redeveloping the 27-acre site.
Finding the right plan for the site means matching developer’s ideas with what can be successful in the market and meet the requirements of building on a site that has been devastated by flooding in the past.